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December 3, 2015

Columbia River vs. Big Oil: Showdown in Vancouver

Tesoro Savage has proposed to develop the largest oil terminal in North America on the banks of the Columbia River in Vancouver. If built, this facility would handle 360,000 barrels of crude oil per day, arriving via 4 trains (each train over 1 mile long) per day, and leaving via one large tanker vessel per day down the Columbia and onto the Pacific Ocean. Now just because it’s happening across the river doesn’t make it Washington’s problem, so wake up Oregon to what’s happening up here, it’s our Columbia river and Pacific Ocean too!
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November 9, 2015

3rd Annual Cape Perpetua Land-Sea Symposium Nov. 20th

Join us for the 3rd Annual Cape Perpetua Land-Sea Symposium, November 20th in Yachats, Oregon at the Commons, doors at 5pm, keynote begins at 5:30. A free event for all, RSVP now! This year’s event will kick off with an update on the Ocean Science Trust from Senator Roblan and Representative Gomberg and follow with our keynote speaker Laurie Weitkamp who will be presenting on “The Blob vs. El Nino”. Full program, participating organizations and student posters, read on.
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October 31, 2015

Exploring Oregon’s Marine Reserves: ROVs, Video Landers and SMURFS!

This fall, the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife’s Marine Reserve Program released their Ecological Monitoring Plan for Oregon’s 5 marine reserve sites along our coast. As it generally goes, agency plans aren’t something we all like to saddle up to in our spare time for a good read, but this plan has some style and pop and is as much about discovering and seeing our ocean world through a whole a new and exciting suite of technologies as it is about the core research for marine reserve evaluation. What do “SMURFS” and “video landers” have to do with all of this? Dive in to learn a bit more.
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October 29, 2015

Youth Leadership Development Through Blue Water Task Force!

Paige Smith started out as just another passionate high school student looking for ways to make her community and world a better place. Combine that passion with a little program structure and support from the local Coos Bay Surfrider Chapter, regional staff and the school and you’ve got a force to be reckoned with!

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October 27, 2015

Oregon Launches Ocean Science Trust Efforts

The 2013 Legislature established the Oregon Ocean Science Trust and Fund (ORS 196.565-569) to improve and promote funding efforts for focused research important to Oregon’s ocean and coastal resources. Recent appointments by the State Land Board and House/Senate speakers this month now help launch this exciting effort to support new, innovative research and monitoring for Oregon’s growing need in ocean and coastal studies.  
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October 20, 2015

Will New Beach Advisory Values Really Better Protect Public Health?

The Oregon Beach Monitoring Program (OBMP) and Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) have scheduled a series of public meetings this week on the coast and next week in Portland to discuss adoption of a new, lower beach action value (BAV) and corresponding water quality criteria that will be used as the basis for public health advisories at Oregon beaches. The change comes from new EPA health criteria that Oregon is either required to adopt or provide a defensible alternative criteria. We’ve written a bit on these new advisory levels and the upcoming meetings, but questions still remain from coastal recreational users – will this really better protect public health and more importantly, what can be done to move towards solutions beyond “advisories” of the decline of our beach water quality?
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